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Hyperbaric OxygenWilloughby Hills, OH

Whether they are temporary or chronic, injuries and illnesses are issues for many people. Some may be mild, while others may have a stronger and more lasting impact on an individual's daily life. Although many people search for various treatments, there are times when those treatments do not work effectively.

Oxygen is essential for humans to live, and for many processes in the body. One of these is the healing process. When tissue is injured or stressed, it often does not have an adequate amount of oxygen-rich blood reaching it. Fortunately, there is a treatment that addresses this issue called hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

At VitalHealth Partners in Willoughby Hills, we provide hyperbaric oxygen services. Our team can assess patients and supply them with information and a treatment plan that is right for them. To learn more about our services or schedule an appointment, call 440-534-8211 today.

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What Is Hyperbaric Oxygen?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a type of treatment that centers around breathing a high dose of oxygen in a pressurized room or chamber. These conditions charge patients' bodies with up to twice the amount of oxygen that they usually breathe. This increase can have a beneficial healing effect on the body.

When a person is in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, their lungs can take in significantly more oxygen than they usually would in their everyday environment. After the lungs absorb this oxygen, the patient's blood carries it throughout the body. This oxygenated blood stimulates the immune system, fights bacteria, creates growth factors, and stem cells.

The Role of Oxygen in Healing and Energy Production

Oxygen plays an essential role in keeping humans alive through respiration, but more specifically, is responsible for a variety of healing and growth processes in the body. It is necessary for fighting bacteria, cellular production, ATP production, and assists growth factors in the creation of new skin.

Additionally, the oxygen's role is to assist in converting liquids and food into energy. The element helps in breaking glucose molecules down into ATP via various processes. This energy fuels the cell and allows it to perform its tasks. For example, increasing one's aerobic ability through endurance training elevates lung capacity and, therefore, creates more oxygenated blood to aid in muscle function and mitigate lactic acid buildup.

Oxygen not only assists in energy creation and athletic performance, but it is also a key component in wound healing. A review of studies published in the Journal of Wound Care found that oxygen is essential in the process of wound healing. The review noted that the element's role was especially integral to the inflammatory and proliferative stages of the healing process. Furthermore, the review added that the research suggested patient supplementation with oxygen could enhance bacterial killing and angiogenesis.

Uses and Benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen

We may prescribe hyperbaric oxygen therapy for several injuries or illnesses, including air or gas embolism, carbon monoxide poisoning, decompression sickness, and thermal burns. Additionally, this type of treatment can be used to aid in the recovery from gangrene, crush injuries, traumatic loss of blood flow to the arteries, lingering wounds, and some types of infections. HBOT is an effective tool for helping the body to deliver oxygen-dense blood to tissues in need.

Additionally, hyperbaric oxygen therapy was shown to have positive effects in mitigating symptoms of Alzheimer's Dementia. A study by Neural Regeneration Research published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine found that HBOT could be useful as a new treatment for Alzheimer's disease.

Furthermore, another study, which was conducted by researchers at two different medical schools, found that hyperbaric oxygen therapy was significantly effective in improving the brain metabolism of a patient with Alzheimer's dementia. It not only ceased the symptoms but temporarily reversed them.

Many HBOT users see a wide array of benefits, including decreased inflammation, oxygenated tissue, increased collagen production, detoxification, angiogenesis, and healing of harmful infections. Some also report improved bone regeneration, brain and nerve cell recovery, improved immune system function, and more.

Preparation

Patients should shower and avoid any cosmetic or styling products before their treatment. If the patient smokes, we strongly recommend they quit (if not indefinitely, then at least for the duration of the treatment period. Additionally, carbonated and alcoholic drinks are prohibited at least four hours before the session.

If you are pregnant, have a cold or flu, have eaten, are diabetic, taking any medication, please notify us before your treatment. Regardless, our staff will go through the preparation procedure and will likely ask you a series of questions. If you have any issues or questions at that time, we encourage you to bring them up to us.

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Dr. Todd Pesek, MD aims to provide patients with a system optimized for vital living through vitamin repletion, purification, detoxification, anti-aging medicine, and longevity practices. Our team at VitalHealth Partners can help patients improve their injuries and chronic conditions with hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Call our office at 440-534-8211 to schedule an appointment or learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves putting a patient in an oxygenated and pressurized chamber. The combined effect of these two components results in oxygen-rich blood. This blood travels to areas that need it, which typically results in expedited healing and recovery.

What are the benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

HBOT can treat embolism, carbon monoxide poisoning, wound healing, decompression sickness, and more. The additional reported benefits are numerous and may include decreased inflammation, oxygenated tissue, increased collagen production, detoxification, angiogenesis, and healing of harmful infections.

What types of hyperbaric chambers are there?

There are two main types of chambers, which are single-seat, monoplane, and multiple. Monoplace chambers accommodate one person, while multiplace chambers hold multiple people at one time. Multiplace chambers deliver oxygen to each individual through a mask or hood.

What are some possible side effects of hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

Side effects may include barotrauma and changes in vision, both of which are usually temporary. We recommend mitigating barotrauma using an ear clearing technique, and if patients are unable to do so, tubes may be inserted into the ears. If any vision changes occur, they should be temporary.